I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! My husband and I are already planning our first sailing trip from NYC and I was wondering if you had any recommendations as to which towns we should hit along the New England coast. We are looking for a small collection of large and small seaside towns with plenty to do once we are anchored. I wish you the best and hope you'll have a fantastic 2012!
When you are starting in New York City, there are many lovely places to go.
I wouldn't want to miss these beautiful New York ports:
- The Sand Hole near Oyster Bay, NY which is a bird sanctuary;
- Eaton’s Neck near Huntington, NY which is also a bird sanctuary;
- Sag Harbor, NY.
Then, up the Connecticut Coast, there are:
- Sachem’s Head, which is unusual, and a good launching spot to see The Thimble Islands (although there is not much to do ashore);
- Essex, CT (Essex is way up the Connecticut River. Sailing up the river is problematic because the narrow channel forces boats to motor. Which means Essex is an hour or so up, which makes it a less likely place to suggest as lovely as it is);
- Watch Hill – But the approach is long;
- Marblehead – But very far from NYC.
- Edgartown, MA on Martha’s Vineyard;
- Chatham, MA on Cape Cod (After Chatham, sail around the outside of Cape Cod, but absolutely wait for the best weather and start the trip at the crack of dawn.)
Finally, here are a few good restaurants along the way where you can dock a boat:
- Stratford, CT – Knapp’s Landing
- New London, CT – Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock (A very tricky approach by land, however!)
- Noank, CT (Mystic, CT) – Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough
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2. Is the Bermuda Bag too small?
Dear Muffy – I just love your Tartan Terrier Bermdua Bag and my Mom said she used to have tons of those. But I was wondering, it seems small, how much do you use it?
Thanks! I love your blog!
I just used the Tartan Terrier Bermuda Bag at several holiday parties and it was the perfect size.
3. Defining "Preppy"
3a. Miss Muffy-- Thank you for this website. My ex-husband(of course we are still friends) told me about your website and I love it. It is the world I grew up in and love to read about it. You're on the money with your information. I do wonder...can someone learn to be a preppy or are we just born into it. All my best.
3b. Hi Muffy, I have been mulling over a few thoughts recently regarding preppy style, and thought I would pass them on to you to see what you (and possibly your readers) think. Being an “Old Englander”, I have been trying to figure out some of the sartorial fineries of North American preppy style. One inescapable conclusion I have come to is that is linked inextricably to the ocean. Boating, knots, whales, flags, all appear in preppy fashion and culture. Whilst not necessarily considering myself preppy, I had considered my own style to contain preppy elements. I wear blazers and sport coats, OCBD’s, neckties, corduroys and chinos. I prefer to wear shoes than sneakers. However I realised recently that I do not have that connection to the ocean, nor does the bulk of my clothing. My style is more driven by the woods.This could be due to my current local, a long way from any ocean, or possibly my upbringing on farms in rural England. For example, rather than buying a peacoat, I went for a mackinaw cruiser. I prefer camp mocs to boat shoes, my embroidered cords and ties have ducks, pheasants and deer, not whales, lobsters and anchors, I wear a field watch and not a dive watch....I could go on. What I am wondering is, is this woodland driven style still preppy? Is it a subculture of prep? Can a person have preppy style without the ocean connection? Thanks in advance for what, I am sure, will be wonderful insights. Best regards,
3c. Hello Muffy, How are you? Hope all is well? I just wanted to tell you that I`m a big fan of your blog, and I love your style. I`m not kidding when I say I aspire to be like you someday. My question is I`m an african american, 16 year old girl, who is an aspiring prep. Do you have any advice for me. I understand that most people feel that this is impossible, as the term prep usually signifies WASP`s... I live in Canada. Thank you for taking the time to read this email. I really do appreciate it.
3d. Mrs. Aldrich, How is Preppy North different than Preppy South?
3e. Love what you write about, but hate the term Preppy. What should I do?
3a. Anyone can adopt it. For many, the greatest accomplishment of life in many areas is to, in the sentiment of Graydon Carter, "eventually become what you always pretended to be."
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3c. I have received variations of this question from many people from many cultures and backgrounds. I hope no one would feel excluded from anything here for any reason. I would similarly suspect that people who wanted to would use this blog as a starting point or calibration point (a mid course correction), but then evolve their own style for what worked for them, and then to, at some point, completely own their look and make it theirs regardless of what anyone else thought.
3d. I will leave that as an open question for anyone with an opinion.
3e. I appreciate and often echo the concern. As I wrote previously, in my situation with this blog, the only thing more awkward than using the term "preppy" would be not using the term. But outside of this space, I use adjectives such as "classic" or "New England."